Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is coordinated by the charity Brake. Every year, millions of people around the UK take action for safer roads.
Road Safety Week 2020 (16-22 November) focuses on the what, the why, and the where of speed, because whether you’re walking to school, riding on a country road or driving for work, the speed of traffic matters to your safety. With someone injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed playing a part in every crash, it’s time to come together to say that there is NO NEED TO SPEED.
Why is speed so important?
When it comes to road safety, speed matters. In a crash, 1mph can mean the difference between life and death, but we know that people still regularly break speed limits or travel too fast for the conditions of the road. The formula is simple: the higher the speed, the longer the stopping distance, the harder the crash and the greater the risk of death and injury.
Speed matters for our health and wellbeing
Slower traffic makes places feel more welcoming for the people who live, work and play in them. Where traffic is slow, more people choose to walk and cycle and more people interact with each other on the street, creating fitter, healthier and happier communities.
Why take part?
- More than 1.3 million people die on roads every year
- Many road deaths involve a vehicle being driven for work
- Vehicles used for work cause extensive pollution
- Show that you’re a responsible employer that puts people first and cares about their safety
- Everyone can be a leader for safe and healthy journeys and shout out that there is NO NEED TO SPEED
Road Safety Week provides us with an important opportunity to make sure whether we drive fleet vehicles or for personal use we can show the local communities we serve, that road safety is embedded into our culture.